ECR Engines Take Top Two Spots in Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream

WELCOME, N.C. (June 10, 2010) - Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines powered NASCAR stars Jimmie Johnson and Clint Bowyer to a 1-2 finish June 10 in the sixth annual Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream all star dirt Late Model race at Eldora Speedway in Rossburg, Ohio.

Johnson and Bowyer were driving cars prepared by Clint Bowyer Racing, with engines built and prepared by Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines. Johnson started from the pole, led all 30 laps and beat Bowyer to the checkered flag by 0.683-of-a-second.

"The dirt Late Model engine program is a new venture for ECR Engines so it was great to be able to start from the pole and then finish first and second in a big race like the Prelude to the Dream," said Richie Gilmore, general manager of ECR Engines. "I talked this morning to Lanny Barnes (who heads up ECR's dirt and NASCAR Nationwide Series engine programs) and he said the guys were raving about the power. I'm really proud of the effort our guys put in to make these ECR Engines so good for Eldora. It shows the continued success we strive for every day at ECR, whether it's in NASCAR, dirt racing, sports cars or any other program we're a part of."

The 2010 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Prelude to the Dream featured more than 25 world renowned drivers, from multiple disciplines, who battled for dirt supremacy on Eldora's half-mile clay oval. Proceeds from the telecast support four of the nation's top children's hospitals. The event was created in 2005 by two-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion and 1997 IndyCar Series champion Tony Stewart, who also owns Eldora Speedway.

About Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines
Earnhardt-Childress Racing Engines is a high performance engine production and research and development company. ECR provides engines for NASCAR teams like Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Kevin Harvick Incorporated and others. ECR also produces engines used in SCCA, dirt and asphalt short track, and sprint car racing.

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